Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

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 Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Cylinder Beach, Mooloomba 

Minjerribah, Queensland

This weekend we took the train from Brisbane to a ferry bound for Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)—rumoured to have the best surfing in Queensland. 

*I prefer the aboriginal names for the island and beaches and have included them in this post.

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) is half nature reserve (Naree Budjong Djara National Park). There are wild birds, koalas (found one high in a tree by the ferry dock), kangaroos and wallabies that roam free and its also a great place to whale watch, spot dolphins, sea turtles and dugongs.

The Quandamooka people have lived on the island for at least 21,000 years (North Stradbroke Island Visitor guide, 2017).

Cylinder Beach,of Mooloomba (Point Lookout) on the northern tip, is amazing—a sheltered cove with an endless soft sand beach, surrounded by magnificent Australian trees : blue gum eucalyptus, mangroves,pink and red bloodwoods, cypress pines and more.

Surf School, dry land training–Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

The girls decided they wanted to surf. Thank you to North Stradbroke Island Surf School for making that happen!

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Cylinder Beach opens to the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is also home to the Great Barrier Reef.

The surf sisters:

Mist

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Pip

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Tabs

Life Down Under:Surf Sisters

Peter and I snapped pictures this time around as I wanted to give my foot a little more rest before surfing and also, we wanted to concentrate on watching the girls.

Pippi heading for the stars! Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

I feared the surf was a little too high for Pip but she is fearless! Mist and Tabs are expert swimmers and also quite fearless so I felt confident that they’d have more skills out there in the Australian surf than their parents.

Tabs and Mist Paddling out to catch a wave. Life down Under: Surf Sisters
Pip takes flight with the help of her surf instructor.

Hope you enjoy the pictures of the Canadian Surf Sisters tackling the Queensland waves:

Pip

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Shag Rock seen in the distance (above).

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Tabs

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters

Mist

Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Life Down Under: Surf Sisters
Tired and thirsty but hooked on surfing…they’ll be back.

2 Responses

  1. Sandra Hart
    | Reply

    The girls are doing so well. I’m sure they’ll be experts by the time they get back home.

    • mixhart
      | Reply

      Yes, I too was impressed with their surfing skills! Hopefully we’ll manage a few more surfing trips 🙂

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